No news is good news in the offseason. Unfortunately for UTEP, quarterback Kai Locksley has made the news for all the wrong reasons. The senior was arrested Saturday and booked on four charges: driving while intoxicated, possession of marijuana less than two ounces, making a terroristic threat and unlawful possession of a weapon. Additionally, UTEP defensive lineman Tiano Tialavea was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct and public intoxication.
According to a complaint affidavit, Locksley shouted at a group of people that he "had a handgun with a full magazine and would empty it on the individuals." From KTSM-TV:
Locksley was also cursing at the individuals during the exchange before getting into a white Ford Fusion and putting his car in reverse. The arresting deputy saw the car in motion and conducted a felony stop, the affidavit said.
Locksley told the deputy that the gun, a Smith and Wesson SD40 with a full magazine, was at his side, and he was placed under arrest. The deputy found the gun between the driver seat and center console.
Locksley posted bail of $2,900 after being held overnight in the El Paso County Jail, according to jail records. He has been indefinitely suspended from the team in the meantime.
"We are aware of the charges against Kai Locksley," UTEP coach Dana Dimel said in a statement. "While the severity of these charges is concerning, it would not be appropriate to determine a course of action until we have all the facts. In the meantime, he has been suspended from the UTEP football team."
Locksley played in nine games for the Miners last season, starting eight and totaling 937 yards passing with three touchdowns to nine interceptions. He also added six rushing touchdowns and was considered to be the frontrunner to start this upcoming season. He came to UTEP from Iowa Western Community College, where he was the Spalding Offensive Player of the Year and first-team All-American in 2017. Prior to his time at the JUCO level, Locksley was at Texas under former coach Charlie Strong.
He is the son of first-year Maryland coach Mike Locksley. In 2017, Locksley's older brother, Meiko, was shot and killed.